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by DAVE McMILLION | February 26, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - A Jefferson County Sheriff's Department deputy was not wearing a vest designed to protect him from gunfire when he was shot last Monday, Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober said Sunday. Cpl. Ronald Fletcher was not wearing his vest, as deputies are required to do, when he responded to 74 Orchard Drive in Ranson, W.Va., for a report of a man trying to break in through the back door of a home, Boober said. Fletcher, 26, suffered gunshot wounds to his upper left arm and torso during the incident.
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February 25, 2007
BARDANE, W.Va. - A fire early Saturday destroyed a home near Bardane, said Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Co. Firefighters from all five volunteer departments in Jefferson County, along with units from Baker Heights and South Berkeley volunteer fire departments and Loudoun County, Va., were dispatched to 144 Elder Lane at 1:11 a.m., Smith said. Smith said a preliminary investigation of the blaze revealed it appeared to begin in the attic of the ranch-style home and quickly spread through blown-in insulation in the 1,000-square foot residence.
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by DAVE McMILLION | June 9, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - That fire hydrant you see along the road might not be real. Jefferson County officials said Thursday that some people have been putting fake fire hydrants on their properties in an attempt to get lower fire insurance rates. Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Co. in Ranson, W.Va., said he knows of about four fake hydrants in the county. Smith said some people put the hydrants in their yards for decoration while others openly admit they do it in hopes of getting lower fire insurance rates.
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by DAVE McMILLION | September 7, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The state Fire Marshal's office is being asked to help determine the cause of a fire Sunday afternoon that resulted in about $650,000 damage to a three-story home on Kabletown Road and its contents, a fire official said. The fire marshal's office is being asked to help investigate the fire because it has been difficult to pinpoint the cause and because of the extent of the loss, said Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Co. The fire, which was reported about 5:05 p.m., caused about $400,000 damage to the house and about $250,000 damage to contents inside, including antiques, Smith said.
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by DAVE McMILLION | January 23, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A family was left homeless Thursday after a fire in their home on Cattail Road. Family members in the house tried to throw water on the fire to control it but were quickly overwhelmed, said Ed Smith, chief of Independent Fire Co. When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke could be seen in the area and fire was blowing out the rear of the home, which was close to the intersection with...
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by DAVE McMILLION | July 3, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A fisherman in a boat was rescued from rapids on the Shenandoah River Wednesday afternoon after the boat's engine quit and the craft drifted into the rough water, a fire official said. The incident occurred in an area of the river known as "The Big Eddy," a favorite fishing spot along Bloomery Road, said Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Co. The area is calm, but flows into some rapids that get progressively stronger as they extend down the river, Smith said.
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by DAVE McMILLION | November 20, 2002
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A 10-year-old boy suffered head injuries when he fell 45 feet down a shaft at an old grain processing facility in Charles Town Tuesday afternoon, rescue officials said. The boy, along with his mother, were flown to Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., after the 2 p.m. accident, said Ed Smith, chief of Independent Fire Co. The boy, who was not identified, was listed in critical condition at the hospital Tuesday night, a hospital spokesman said.
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November 1, 2002
Boating activities should be avoided Boating and other recreational activities on the upper Potomac River should be avoided through Saturday because of hazardous water levels, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said Thursday. Water levels are hazardous for recreational use along the main stem of the Potomac from Paw Paw to Hancock, and the Shenandoah at Millville because of recent rain, a natural resources police news release said. This warning doesn't apply to professionally guided river trips or teams of experienced white water paddlers.
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July 17, 2002
SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. - A fire that destroyed an abandoned two-story log home behind South Jefferson Public Library Monday night is being described by fire officials as suspicious, a county fire official said Tuesday. It appears the fire along Summit Point Road started on a front porch, said Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Co. When firefighters arrived at the house after getting the call about 10:30 p.m., it was engulfed in flames, said Smith. It was difficult to extinguish the fire because of the building's log construction, said Smith.
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July 11, 2002
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A fire that burned through 30 acres of wheat fields Tuesday afternoon was burning about an acre a minute, a fire official said. Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Co., said it was one of the fastest moving fires he has ever seen. The fire, which started about 5 p.m., burned a 30-acre area between Curry Lane and W.Va. 115 west of Ranson, Smith said. Witnesses said they saw a man, believed to be in his late teens, throw something from a car into the wheat field and drive off, Smith said.
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